Blessed Beyond Measure?

Surrender Might Look Like This

Got Faith? Laura Does.
Got Faith? Laura Does.

Almost daily we hear of new afflictions or tragedies, impacting someone we know or a friend of someone we know.

It can be overwhelming.

Just keep…

Over the weekend, my friend David Balentine shared the following email. Because of it’s impact on my spirit, I asked David if Laura and Janet would bless the sharing of it. They did. Here it is:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

My cousin Laura had a CT scan and unfortunately the tumors are growing in her lungs, but fortunately have not moved to other organs. She is still waiting on becoming a member of a new trial for advanced breast cancer patients.

Below is her feelings on the news, that I wanted to share with you. I think you will find it uplifting.

“I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans for welfare, and not for calamity; plans to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Thank you so much for your continued prayers, my precious prayer warriors. Today God said – “Not yet.” The scan showed that the cancer has grown, but has not spread to any other organs. The medicine at UAB is still not in. My doctor is doing a little research to determine if I should start traveling to get it (which would be to Nashville) or if I should start something else. So I’m not sure what the next course of treatment will look like. I should hear from her in the next few days.

Today was one of the best days ever in my spiritual walk. Part of me wants to keep it closed up and not even share it, because it seems like words will only diminish it. But I will do my best!

I can’t even describe to you how, not only peaceful, but joyful and happy I’ve been today. Im aware of scriptures that say things like “in everything give thanks,” and “a joyful heart is good medicine,” and, well, you could fill in the blank here with hundreds of scriptures. And the Lord has always been gracious to bring me out of my place of mourning and restore joy to my heart. But that has always been a process that takes a long time. Today was different.

Today, God guarded my heart so incredibly closely. The only way to describe it is supernatural. The arrows of Satan simply could not penetrate the seal of protection that God had placed around me. There were no tears. No anxiety. No sadness. No frustration. In fact, after the doctor gave me the news, she and I had a conversation about something else and we were laughing together. And I know why all of that happened. It was because of God, but it was through you. I have received emails, CaringBridge posts, and text messages from so many of you who have been diligently praying. You have been so faithful to keep me before the Throne of Grace. And today, I felt it. And I felt it in a way that I will never forget.

Would I take a bad scan in exchange for the spiritual lesson I learned today? Absolutely. That’s how powerful it was. The only thought that kept going through my mind was, “I didn’t know it could be like this… ” I mean, I knew with my head, but now I know with my heart. I feel like Will feels when he’s playing a video game and some new move opens up a whole new world. I feel like there are so many new opportunities for me in the crazy walk called life now that I have truly experienced the awesome protection of God the Father. “Fear not” has more meaning than it ever has. Today, I walked through the valley of the shadow of death and feared no evil; because He was with me – comforting me. In fact, the only scripture that I even thought about today was Jeremiah 29:11. Bill and I both just kept saying over and over, “welfare, future, hope.”

So thank you. Words are so inadequate, but thank you my army of soldiers for being so faithful to pray. “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” James 5:16(b). God worked mightily in my life today because of your prayers. Thank you for holding my arms up during a time when I was so, so tired. I feel completely rejuvenated after today’s experience.

One last scripture reference: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God! Isaiah 43:2-3

Thankful for all of you, and praising my Father for his realm of sweet protection,


After Laura wrote this, she received some wonderful news. Someone she had gone to school with is a nurse in Nashville and that very day she saw Laura’s paper work on her desk and that she has been accepted in the breast cancer trial in Nashville.
God is so good!!!! Please continue to pray for Laura and Bill and her young family.

In Christian Love,

jungle jeff

Common Sense Dear Son

Smart Or Wise?

A Matter Of Survival?
A Matter Of Survival?

Today is the first day back to school for many Central Florida children. And all across the Country, students of all ages are gearing up. Many of our friends (the same age) have college seniors.

Some have grandchildren.

We have a 4th grader.

The conversation last night revolved around the fundamental difference between being smart and being wise. Here’s the moral.

Being smart can help you understand that there are low to no-interest loans available to buy stuff. Being wise helps you understand that unless you have cash, you should wait.

Being smart tells you your parents will never know you tried to smoke a cigarette. Being wise tells you smoking is bad news, period.

Think About It
Think About It

jungle jeff

Stumble Upon Video Sharing

Bucket List Of Sorts

Sundays in August. Church. Rest. Counting blessings and giving thanks. Plus, jeff noel You Tube videos.

Here’s a short video from last year’s bucket list trip to Finland. As a child, I dreamt of representing the United States in the Olympic Games.

There were 5,300 Master’s athletes from 80 different countries.

This was my first day down at the Track & Field Stadium, and already there was a medal ceremony.

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Our Choices Make Us

Impossible Happens

We Get To Choose
We Get To Choose

Miracles happen all around us.

Tragedy happens all around us.

We have to decide where we’ll focus our attention.

(the 4th of my 5 daily blogs, click here)

How Can You Tell?

Seemingly Insignificant

Want to know one of the most glorious ways to volunteer your time?

Become the change you wish to see in the world.

People need great role models.

When people look at the way you live your life, do they hold you up as an example or a warning?

(scroll down for next post or visit the next blog, our Career responsibility)